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Vols among favorites for top-50 OT



MONROE, La. – Tennessee is one of the early contenders for a highly ranked Class of 2022 offensive lineman. Four-star offensive tackle Will Campbell, a junior at Neville High School in Monroe, La., announced his top 12 college choices Saturday in a post on his Twitter account, and the Vols are one of eight SEC teams on his list of favorites.

Florida, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arkansas, TCU and Florida State joined Tennessee in the group of front-runners for the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Campbell, who received a scholarship offer from Tennessee in February and now is being pursued by more than 30 teams.

Campbell referred to the schools he’s considering as his “final 12” in a tweet that included a graphic featuring the logos of all 12 schools.

He’s ranked the No. 43 overall prospect and No. 5 offensive tackle in the 2022 class and the No. 1 junior from the state of Louisiana, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

All three predictions for Campbell on the 247Sports Crystal Ball point to home-state school LSU as the favorite to land him.

Campbell has received offers from all 12 of the teams on his list of top choices, along with Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State and Southern Cal.

“I wasn’t highly recruited during the spring of last year,” he told 247Sports’ Shea Dixon in June. “But as the season picked up, I got a little more attention, so I would always drive to a game on Saturday. So that won’t be a problem to do again this year. With the offers I have so far, there are a certain few — I won’t say names, but we will talk every week. We will talk for 30 minutes on the phone, then I will call them back the next day, and just consistently keeping up with each other. You can sense who is really interested.”

Another one of Louisiana’s top prospects in the 2022 class, four-star LSU quarterback commitment Walker Howard of St. Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette, La., has developed a close relationship with Campbell.

“We are real good friends,” Campbell said of Howard. “I go and stay at his house and stuff. After we played each other, he came up and introduced himself. Then we saw each other on college visits and we became friends, and our dads started talking and got to know each other. Then, I went to his house and stayed for like a week. We FaceTime and talk every day about things.”